Featuring the gripping plot, dramatic settings and believable characters that listeners have come to expect from Dick Francis, To the Hilt displays the master at the top of his form.
Alexander Kinloch is definitely the black sheep of his noble family, choosing the precarious life of a painter over a lucrative job in his stepfather’s brewery. But when a trusted assistant disappears with millions of pounds, Alexander is reluctantly thrust into a foreign world of bankers and auditors. Brutal thugs and jealous relatives stand in his way as he labors to save the business and protect the family treasures. In the face of adversity, Alexander must defend himself and his family’s honor to the hilt.
After three dozen novels, Dick Francis maintains his reputation as one of the most popular mystery writers of our time. Both suspenseful and poignant, To the Hilt is a wild ride through a perilous adventure.
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I love almost all of Dick Francis's books but this one touched home since I am an artist and he brought the drive of art alive.
The James Bond of the equine world rides again! Great storytelling by the narrator and a great story by Francis. The other great thing about Francis is you get to learn a little about another subject. In this case, painting with acrylics.
Further character development. The thing with excellent narrators , like Prebble, is you feel you are a part of the story as a opposed to being read a story, usually by an American who sounds angry and abrasive.
I started reading Dick Francis' novels about 20 years ago. Have read/listened to them all. His protagonists are most always amateur sleuths who find themselves in troublesome, hazardous situations. They are frequently amateur steeplechase jockeys -- nimble, quick witted, and courageous.
This time, howeverq, he is an artist who lives alone on a quiet mountain top until his mother calls to tell him his stepfather has had a heart attack.
I loved it. Well worth a credit.
I have read all of the novels by Dick Francis and give most of them 5 stars. This novel, however, is the best of the best. A tale so interesting and so enjoyable that you will find yourself laughing, crying, arguing and enraptured by the main characters. Wonderful read for a rainy day with nothing to do but enjoy.
Written at the peak of his perception of humanity and his ability to express it in writing, enhanced by his understanding of the artist's mind. Simon Prebble's narration does it justice in every aspect. Very simply, a worthy book on its own, not just a great mystery.
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